Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner makes the patently ridiculous claim that the media shouldn’t ask Republican presidential candidates about abortion because they’re just “playing gotcha,” even though she agrees that asking those questions about Trump revealed a lot about him.
HOWARD KURTZ (HOST): I thought the questions by Chris Matthews were perfectly fair, Susan. but this not only fed a criticism on both sides. The pro-life groups and pro-choice groups hammering Trump on this issue. But it fed this other media narrative that he hasn’t quite thought through the issues.SUSAN FERRECHIO: That was the most important part of the exchange. Look, the media love to play gotcha with Republican candidates when it comes to social issues like abortion. Chris Matthews just did it. In 2012, George Stephanopoulos did it with Mitt Romney in a debate where he talked about overturning a 50-year-old thing that prevented states from banning contraception. That was a ridiculous question. And I think Matthews kind of took Trump down the same path, talking about punishment for abortion. Trump probably never — never even crossed his mind. But what it did, as you say, is it raises the issue of how — when he is going to start studying important issues to conservatives, to the Republican parties, for the country? He comes totally unprepared, speaks off the cuff. He has to make course corrections. What does it say about him as a candidate or somebody who actually wants to be president?
Such a terrible argument. The Republican party, by her own admission, makes banning abortion a major part of their platform and agenda. It isn’t a “gotcha question” to ask Republican candidates about issues that they raise themselves, for crying out loud.